I find walking is a good form of exercise as well as a great way to get from point A to point B. Wearing comfy shoes is a simple way to ensure that you incorporate walking into your everyday activities. I have been on the hunt for shoes that are great for walking and are cute too. I found these Erin Ballet Flats ($90) by Keen and have been wearing them about town, running errands, and chasing my girls at the park.
More fashionable than sneakers and just a little less comfy than running shoes, these flats were made for walking. The soles are made from eco-friendly materials; the inner sole contains renewable cork for cushioning, and the lightweight polyurethane outsoles are made with no environmentally harmful adhesives.
The lining is made of wicking materials in case your feet get a little sweaty when you're on the go. You can pull insoles out of these Keens quite easily and slip in your own customized orthotics if your feet need personalized support. The mesh detail on the upper part of the shoes allows the foot to breathe and creates room for bunions, a bony bulge by the base of the big toe that can make shoe shopping a bear.
If you're looking for a casual, walkable, sustainable shoe, you can buy the Erin Ballerina flat directly from Keen. The manufacturer feels that this shoe runs true to size and I found that it ran a little big, so order wisely.
When it's time to go shopping for your lil one's first pair of shoes, it's good to take baby steps. Between my two kids, I've purchased my share of pairs, and many of them barely got their soles dirty.
While the classic white walker is the thing bronzed baby shoes are made of, putting them on your child can prove to be cumbersome. And, many of the better brands can set you back $50–$100 for footwear that isn't exactly fashion forward.
Then, there are the Velcro walkers which are quickly slipped on to your child's feet and just as easily taken off. Unless you're up for daily scavenger hunts, these probably aren't the shoes for you.
While there are a lot of brands and styles to choose from, I've found Puma Light Flights are a staple when it comes to kid-friendly kicks. The design keeps kids light on their feet and the rounded toe keeps them from stumbling.
Available in a great array of colors for boys and girls, the shoes also provide good support and have flexible soles, which are important for developing feet. Priced reasonably at $35 a pop, you'll get your money's worth before your child outgrows them.
I was thrilled to read that MostComfortableShoes.com had revealed the top five sneakers for walking and then I am less than thrilled with the way they look. Despite the fact that some of these sneaks look like my grandma would be sporting 'em, these shoes were made for walking, not for looking good.
Without further ado (because I know you can hardly contain yourself) here are the top five...
|The Brooks Addiction Walker ($88.00) has topped our best fitness walking shoes lists for several years offering strong support, cushioning and supple full grain leather uppers to keep your feet comfortable and healthy. The HydroFlow cushioning system absorbs shock, provides stability and returns energy back to the foot, stride after stride. High-density carbon rubber in the heel adds increased traction and durability. Buy them from Shoebuy.com.|
|Mephisto All Rounder ($152) is the perfect comfort travel shoe for that on-your-feet-all-day trip. A cute and comfortable Mary-Jane inspired sneaker with a suede and fabric upper. A removable anatomical footbed provides excellent support and tireless walking comfort. Shock absorbing system ensures protection for joints, vertebra and spine from everyday jolts and vibrations. Wind-and-waterproof breathable GORE-TEX® lining ensures optimum foot hygiene. Rubber sole provides great traction. Buy them from Zappos.com.|
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